Beef Cake by Jiffy Kate

March 17, 2020

If opposites do actually attract, then Gunnar Erickson and Frankie Reeves take the cake.

Frankie Reeves is complicated, even though she won’t admit it. She fills her days working as an ER nurse, taking care of her mom, and searching for the father she never knew. Anything else has no place in her perfectly compartmentalized, purposefully simple life. Attachments? No thank you. She has no time for that.

Gunnar Erickson recently moved to Green Valley to train at Viking MMA with his brother Cage. Being the youngest of the Erickson clan, he’s always felt like he has something to prove, and now that he’s finished with college, it’s his time to shine. But before he can step into the ring, a freak accident sends him to the ER and into the care of one Frankie Reeves.

While he’s immediately smitten, she pretends to be unfazed by this six-foot-three, two hundred and thirty-pound beefcake. Gunnar sets out to prove to Frankie that, not only does she like him more than she wants to admit, but he’s not the uneducated, brute she assumes he is. To Frankie, he’s the worst kind of complication, but that doesn’t make it easy to stay away.

 

★★★ 3 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓲𝓿𝓮𝔀 ★★★

 

I'm conflicted with my thoughts on this book. It was okay. It mostly kept my attention. 

 

This book touched on a couple of good topics like domestic violence, shelters, etc. It didn't go too deep into the heavy topics, but gave just enough for the big picture to seen and understood.

 

I had a hard time connecting with these characters though. I couldn't feel any chemistry between them. I liked them both, but as a couple there was something missing for me.

 

I'm still over here trying to figure out why this is part of the Donner Bakery series. The three previous books centered around a character that worked at the bakery. This one did not. The characters are connected to the bakery through other people. There wasn't even a scene at the bakery. That really threw me off. It's not a big deal, just confusing.

 

Overall, this was a good book. It just didn't win me over like the previous books did. I wish I could put my finger on what was missing for me.

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